30 April 2008

Feel the fear and do it anyway

I'm challenging myself to do two scary things per day. This is mainly for my business, but it could apply to other areas of life.
Anway, I just did one scary thing for today. One more to go.
I'm probably a wuss compared to others...but I'm hoping this will propel me forward.
God is good! Amen.

15 April 2008

Lucy

Some things about Lucy that I don't want to forget:

WARNING: The following contains information about breast feeding. If this topic is too much for you, please scroll down. Thank you.

Lucy has officially weaned herself from nursing. I think the last time she nursed was maybe three weeks ago. We were in our bed in the early morning, and she wanted to nurse. So she began but after just a few seconds, she looked up and said, "It not working." She tried again, but in vain. "It not working." She wasn't upset, just matter of fact. And so an era ends. I was a tiny bit sad, but not that much. I loved it so much while it lasted. She nursed the longest of any of the children, past two years old.

Today she told me that she got a book from the "li-lah-bary". That must mean library.

Another thing she says that slays me: things don't scare her; they "scary" her.
"Mama, that bug scarried me." "That truck scarried me."

Yesterday, John rented a Zipcar in order to take his mom to the airport. Of course, all the children wanted to have a ride in it. Theo was the lucky one, as John dropped him at school on the way to the airport. But all day Lucy kept asking to have a ride in the "fit car".
"Pease, Mama? I have a ride in the fit car?" It was adorable. I just love mispronunciations.

Were you wondering about me?

Whew, it's been a while since my last post! Though it's just been a little over two weeks, much has happened in the interim.

Two weekends ago was our Women's Retreat at church. As this year's organizer, I felt that things went really well. I had such great women helping me out that I really didn't worry about too much! Maybe this is typical, but things just seemed to go haywire at the last minute - people got sick and had to stay home, we lost small group leaders, travel times were longer than expected. It all worked out fine, but the Friday that I left was a little crazy. And I did worry about John and the children, as he had to get ready to preach as well as keep everyone fed and dressed. He did a great job, as usual, and had some help from good church friends who kept the kids for him. Thanks to Kurt who babysat ALL BY HIMSELF!!! And to Michael Kyes for braving seven children at his house for several hours (thought he did have his mother-in-law to help out). Amazing.

This past weekend I was in Atlanta for Arbonne's National Training Conference. I have many thoughts about the weekend, but overall it was great fun and very inspirational. I loved seeing my friend and sponsor, Weezie, up on the big stage as she won a great honor for her business success in 2007. Also, I enjoyed getting to know some of the impressive women on our team. The icing on the cake was staying at the Ritz! Oh, those beds are just heavenly. The bathrooms, the soaps, the towels, the sheets.

I also spent Saturday night and Sunday with my dear friend and college roommate, Lynette and her sweet husband, Joey and their three cuties. It was such fun to giggle like the old days. We took a quickie tour of our old stomping grounds at Emory, including our freshman dorm, Alabama Hall! We snuck in after some girls and explored. The main thing that struck me was that it smelled exactly the same as it did almost 20 years ago in 1988. Can you believe that I went to college 20 YEARS AGO?!? We also went in the student center (the DUC) and saw the place that John and I first met...almost 17 years ago. How can I be this old? I feel like I should still be about 22.

More on both those topics later, as I compose my thoughts.

03 April 2008

Record

This is going to be the fastest post ever written.
To do today for the retreat which starts tomorrow:

1. Complete discussion questions for lecture on Christ's righteousness
2. Get packets of questions and additional readings to Kinko's at MIT
3. Complete lecture on Christ's righteousness
4. Pray and expect God to work!
5. Hallelujah! What a saviour!

Amen.

02 April 2008

Do you ever?

Do you ever had those periods where you feel that you can't get it right? Thankfully none of this will shatter the earth, but in the past few days, I've dropped the ball a number of times.
  • made a late payment on a bill because I had the due date wrong
  • forgot to place an order I needed to place by a certain date, even though the order was sitting there ready for submission
  • gave an incorrect tip (MUCH too little) to my sweet hairdresser, after he gave me a deal on my hair color and cut. Embarrassing. I will correct it.
  • Forgot to pay for Clayton's field trip today.
  • Forgot that I had an Arbonne Nation meeting last night until my friend Clare called to see if she should pick me up. This was not even on my radar screen.
Thank God that my righteousness is secure in Christ!!! I mean, I still may have to pay a late fee, but this won't affect me and my security.

Trying desperately to get ready for the women's retreat this weekend. My lecture is still not complete, and it's so challenging to find time to work on it. Focus and concentration...not so much a part of my life.

I'm really praying that the Holy Spirit will inhabit what I have to say. Oh, Lord, use me and give me the words to convey the wonder of your love for us, the beauty of our justification, the glorious fact that we are clothed with Christ and therefore righteous before you forever.

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it - the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Romans 3:21-26